Homemade Stuffing Mix

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Homemade Stuffing Mix

  • Author: Loretta

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Stuffing mix is often a welcome side dish, especially during cooler weather. This homemade stuffing mix recipe is as easy as adding herbs to your favorite white bread recipe (or using the Bread Machine Herbed Bread recipe found at www.bakeyourbestever.com) and cubing or shredding it with a grater to make stuffing mix.

 

If you use my Herbed Bread recipe, you can follow the recipe or choose the herbs you prefer. And Herbed Bread isn’t just useful for making stuffing. It is a tasty addition to nearly any soup or delicious all by itself with plenty of butter!

 

To dry my herbed bread, I sliced it, placed it on a baking sheet and baked it at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes. If you wish, you can cube the bread, then dry it in the oven. Set your oven temperature at 350 degrees and bake it for about 15 minutes. Check on the cubes during the drying time to ensure they aren’t getting too crispy.

 

After drying the bread (with whichever method you prefer), allow it to thoroughly cool before storing it. Once mine cooled, I broke it up in small pieces and simply stored it in a wide-mouth canning jar ad found a place for it in my pantry. It needs no refrigeration. Once dried, it should keep for up to a year (maybe longer, but it’s not likely to last nearly that long).

 

If you shred your dried bread with a grater or food processor, you can also store it at room temperature. Just make sure your seal is tight, so it doesn’t collect any moisture.


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Ingredients

1 loaf dried Herbed Bread, cubed or shredded

(find herbed bread recipe at https://bakeyourbestever.com/2812-2/)

1/3 cup minced onion

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes (optional)

1 ¼ cups water or chicken broth

3 cups stuffing mix

3 Tablespoons butter


Instructions

If preparing the stuffing on the stove top, saute the onions in the butter until they are soft. Continue with the recipe instructions.

 

The herbed bread can be dried or fresh. If using a fresh loaf, cut it into 1-inch cubes. When the loaf is fresh, gradually add water/chicken broth as it will require less liquid.

 

Prepare onion; blend pepper, salt and parsley flakes. In large bowl, mix the bread and liquid well. If the bread seems too dry, gradually add more liquid ¼ cup at a time until it’s well moistened. Blend in remaining ingredients.

 

If preparing as stove top stuffing, use low heat to warm the stuffing mix. Allow it to cook for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. If necessary, add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of water to keep it from sticking to the pan. Once it’s thoroughly heated, it’s ready to use.

 

To bake the stuffing as a side dish on its own, preheat the oven at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit). Bake in a covered dish for 30 minutes; stir it at 15 minutes to ensure its evenly heated.


HERBED BREAD MACHINE BREAD

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HERBED BREAD MACHINE BREAD

  • Author: Loretta

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If you’ve been thinking (as I did) that adding herbs to your bread might be complicated or challenging, I have great news! It’s as easy as measuring the herbs you like and adding them to your dough.

 

I’m completely serious. That’s all there is to it. If there’s anything complicated about making herbed bread, it may be in selecting the herbs you want to use.

 

This recipe has a four-herb combination that reminds me of the seasoning in stuffing. My recipe calls for dried herbs. If you use fresh herbs, double the amounts you add. Regardless of dried or fresh, you’re going to love this bread! I recommend that you consider cubing drying thick slices to use as stuffing mix. Or seasoned breadcrumbs.

 

If you already have a favorite two-pound loaf bread recipe just add the herbs in the amounts listed here. You’re going to love this bread!


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Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 cup water, warmed to between 105 to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit)

1/3 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

¼ cup sugar, honey or maple syrup

3 ½3 ¾ cups all-purpose or bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I recommend Himalayan pink salt)

1 teaspoon sage leaves

1 teaspoon thyme

1 ½ teaspoons oregano

1 ½ teaspoons basil leaves

3 tablespoons of butter or oil


Instructions

If necessary (typically during the winter months), use hot tap water to heat your measuring utensil and bread machine canister before preparing your

bread dough. This usually takes just a few minutes once the hot water is placed in the utensil. When you’re ready to use them, pour the water out.

Place 1 cup of hot tap water in 2-cup measuring utensil. Add the milk and sweetener of your choice. Mix well.

 

If you’re using refrigerated milk and sweetener, it will significantly cool your water. Use a digital thermometer to test the mixture’s temperature. If it’s too cold, it can be heated to the proper temperature. If it’s too warm, allow it to sit at room temperature until it reaches the 105-110 degree temperature range. If too cold, you can warm it (I prefer stovetop) to desired temperature.

 

Once the mixture temperature is in the appropriate range, dissolve the yeast in it, by stirring thoroughly. Allow the yeast mixture to rest for 3-5 minutes. It will form a foamy “head” to indicate that the yeast is activated.

 

While you’re waiting for the yeast, mix your dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, measure flour and salt. Blend the ingredients well.

 

If using butter, melt it just till it’s soft enough to easily blend into the bread dough or cut into small pieces.

 

Pour out the warm water in your bread machine canister (if you warmed it). Carefully pour the yeast mixture into the canister, using a spatula to clear the measuring utensil. Slowly add the flour mixture. Pour the oil or melted butter on top of the flour. Select your machine settings and start the mixing/kneading process.

 

Once the initial kneading/mixing is complete, allow the dough to rest in the bread machine pan until the second kneading cycle is completed.

 

Before the second cycle completes, prepare your bread pan. If necessary, warm the pan before coating it (spraying with non-stick product, insert parchment, etc.).

 

After the second kneading cycle is done, gently place the dough into the coated bread pan, cover it and place it in a warm area (I use my oven, which I

heat to near 80 degrees). It will take 30-45 minutes for the dough to raise.

 

Once the dough is raised, place it in a pre-heated 350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven. Bake it for 30-45 minutes until the crust is nicely browned. Remove from the oven and immediately place on a cooling rack. Try to give it several minutes to cool before you cut any slices!

 

After the loaf is thoroughly cooled, store the bread either in a plastic bag or bread-keeper. In summer, homemade bread quickly spoils and should be refrigerated or frozen once it’s cooled.



Notes

Unless you plan to use it within 24 hours, always store homemade bread in the refrigerator. Use a plastic bag or consider investing in a bread keeper.

BREAD MACHINE RICE BREAD

RICE IN BREAD DOUGH?

Substituting cooked rice for part of the flour in my bread dough was an entirely new concept for me until I found a recipe noting that rice “makes delicious bread that is moist, flavorful” and has an interesting texture.

My go-to bread machine recipe has always been quite moist and soft. However, when I decided to try using some leftover rice, I found that rice does indeed produce a very soft, moist bread. Be aware, though, that, for some reason, it doesn’t toast very easily.

Here’s my Bread Machine Rice Bread recipe:

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour (may need to add some additional flour)

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 ¼ cups water

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 ½ teaspoons yeast

1 egg

1 ¼ cups cooked, cooled rice

3 Tablespoons butter (you can soften or melt this or cut it in chunks when you add it to the canister)

Heat the water to a temperature range between 105 and 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) (or use hot tap water that’s in this temperature range). Dissolve the sugar in the water; add the milk. At this point, check the temperature of the mixture with a digital thermometer. It should be a minimum of 105 degrees (Fahrenheit) and not more than 110 degrees (Fahrenheit). If it’s too cool, warm slightly on the stovetop. If it’s too warm, stir it to cool it down.

Once the water/sugar/milk mixture is in the desired temperature range, dissolve the yeast in it. Set the mixture aside.

Blend the flour and salt thoroughly and set aside.

Beat the egg slightly; set aside.

Before you place the yeast mixture into the bread machine canister, warm the canister with hot water. This helps maintain an ideal temperature range for yeast activity.

Once the canister has been warmed, pour out the water you used. Place the yeast mixture in the canister, followed by the flour mixture, then the beaten egg, cooked rice and butter.

Set your bread machine on a mix/knead cycle of mix/knead for 15 minutes, rest for 20 minutes, mix/knead for 15 minutes. If your bread machine can’t be programmed for this cycle, simply set timers so you know when to start and stop the machine.

Once this cycle is complete, you can either bake the bread in the bread machine or place it in a bread pan (ideally 8.5×4.5). Prepare your bread pan by warming it (if your kitchen is somewhat cold); then use non-stick spray, butter or some non-stick ingredient to coat the pan. Place the dough in the pan and set it in a warm place to rise. Your oven, heated to at least 100 degrees (Fahrenheit), is a great place to raise bread dough. Don’t leave the oven on while the dough rises. Cover the dough with a light towel to help keep it from drying out while it raises.

It will take approximately 30 minutes for the dough to rise. At that point, remove the dough from the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit). Bake the bread dough for 30 minutes. Once you take the bread out of the oven, immediately remove it from the pan and place it on a cooling rack.

To store the bread, use a plastic bag or bread keeper. Unless you plan to use it within 24 hours, always store homemade bread in the refrigerator.

FLUFFY HOMEMADE WHITE BREAD RECIPE

You’ll find this recipe and all the details about my bread making method in my book, “Secrets To Baking Your Best Bread Ever” at this link:
https://bakeyourbestever.com/product/secrets-to-baking-your-best-bread-ever/

OR purchase the WHITE BREAD RECIPE PDF for just .99 cents:

 

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White Bread

  • Author: Loretta

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Equipment:
2-3 quart mixing bowl
2-cup measuring utensil
Tablespoon
Measuring cups, from .-cup size on up to 1-cup
Whisk or fork
Digital thermometer
Bread machine
Bread pan
Spatula
Butter, oil or no-stick spray to coat bread pan


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, warmed to between 105 to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit)1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • 3 ½3 ¾ cups all-purpose or bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I recommend Himalayan pink salt)3 tablespoons of melted butter or oil

Instructions

If necessary (typically during the winter months), use hot tap water to heat your measuring utensil and bread machine canister before preparing your bread dough. This usually takes just a few minutes once the hot water is placed in the utensil. Once you’re ready to use them, pour the water out.  Place 1 cup of hot tap water in 2-cup measuring utensil. Add the milk and sweetener of your choice.
Mix well.

If you’re using refrigerated milk and sweetener, it will significantly cool your water. Use a digital thermometer to test the mixture’s temperature. If it’s too cold, it can be heated to the proper temperature. If it’s too warm, allow it to sit at room temperature until it reaches the 105-110 degree temperature range. If too cold, you can heat it (microwave or stovetop) to desired temperature.

Once the mixture temperature is in the appropriate range, dissolve the yeast in it, by stirring thoroughly. Allow the yeast mixture to rest for 3-5 minutes. It will form a foamy “head” to indicate that the yeast is activated.

While you’re waiting for the yeast, mix your dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, measure flour and salt. Blend the ingredients well.

If using butter, melt it just till it’s soft enough to easily blend into the bread dough.  Pour out the warm water in your bread machine canister (if you warmed it). Carefully pour the yeast mixture into the canister, using a spatula to clear the measuring utensil. Slowly add the flour mixture. Pour the oil or melted butter on top of the flour. Select your machine settings and start the mixing/kneading process.

Once the initial kneading/mixing is complete, allow the dough to rest in the bread machine pan until the second kneading cycle is completed.

Before the second cycle completes, prepare your bread pan. If necessary, warm the pan before coating it (spraying with non-stick product, insert parchment, etc.).

After the second kneading cycle is done, gently place the dough into the coated bread pan, cover it and place it in a warm area (I use my oven, which I heat to near 80 degrees). It will take 30-45 minutes for the dough to raise.

Once the dough is raised, place it in a pre-heated 350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven. Bake it for 30-45 minutes until the crust is nicely browned. Remove from the oven and immediately place on a cooling rack.

Try to give it some time to cool before you cut any slices! Once it’s thoroughly cooled, store the bread either in a plastic bag or bread-keeper. In summer, homemade bread quickly spoils and should be refrigerated or frozen once it’s cooled.